Yield Guild Games scholarships on the rise through Q1

Yield Guild Games (YGG) has released its Community Update for Q1 2022, revealing that total scholarships rose 39% overall as the guild continues to farm copious amounts of the Axie breeding Smooth Love Potion (SLP) token. The Community Report shows that the month-on-month growth of scholarships in YGG has been strong despite a downturn in the market. January saw 50.13% growth, February saw a 28.8% increase, while March had 41.93% growth fueled by new partnerships and the rollout of SubDAOs. By the end of March, the guild had 29,458 scholarships,…

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DeFi attacks are on the rise — Will the industry be able to stem the tide?

The decentralized finance (DeFi) industry has lost over a billion dollars to hackers in the past couple of months, and the situation seems to be spiraling out of control. According to the latest statistics, approximately $1.6 billion in cryptocurrencies was stolen from DeFi platforms in the first quarter of 2022. Furthermore, over 90% of all pilfered crypto is from hacked DeFi protocols. These figures highlight a dire situation that is likely to persist over the long term if ignored. Why hackers prefer DeFi platforms In recent years, hackers have ramped…

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Ape-themed airdrop phishing scams are on the rise, experts warn

Cybersecurity experts identified and disclosed the rising popularity of airdrop phishing among crypto and nonfungible token (NFT) scammers. Airdrops serve as an essential marketing tool for crypto projects, which involves sending free cryptocurrency tokens or NFTs to promote awareness among investors. However, a new report released by Malwarebytes Labs highlighted an alarming rise in airdrop phishing attempts as scammers try to cash in on the hype around Yuga Labs’ BAYC Ape-related NFT collection. Airdrop phishing: what is it, and how is my cryptocurrency at risk? https://t.co/kWG09l06fi — Malwarebytes (@Malwarebytes) May…

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Why the rise of a Bitcoin standard could deter war-making

Alex Gladstein, the CSO at the Human Rights Foundation, says that if Bitcoin was adopted as a global reserve currency, nation-states would be less incentivized to start wars. According to Gladstein,  the U.S. was able to sustain its “forever wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan mainly by borrowing capital. That was possible largely because of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, which has been keeping interest rates relatively low through quantitative easing.  “We literally print money, we sell bonds to the open market for a promise to pay in the future and…

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Launch of real-world use-case sparks a 162% rise in OriginTrail’s TRAC token

The global supply chain continues to struggle to get back on track following a tumultuous three years that have witnessed clogged shipping ports and a breakdown of the just-in-time delivery system.  One blockchain project looking to help solve some of these issues while also facilitating the transition to Web3 is OriginTrail (TRAC), a logistics and supply chain management-focused blockchain protocol aiming to become the world’s first decentralized knowledge graph (DKG). Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that the price of TRAC has increased 162% in the past week,…

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DeFi token prices are down, but utility is on the rise

The decentralized finance (DeFi) sector has been sitting in the backseat since whipping up a frenzy in the summer of 2020 through the first quarter of 2021. Currently, investors are debating whether the crypto sector is in a bull or bear market, meaning, it’s a good time to check in on the state of DeFi and identify which protocols might be setting new trends. Here’s a look at the top-ranking DeFi protocols and a review of the strategies used by users of these protocols. Stablecoins are the foundation of DeFi…

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While Bitcoin price starts 2022 with a slump, mining difficulty is on the rise

Since the start of 2022, Bitcoin (BTC) has seen a decline in price by more than 40% from its all-time high (ATH) of $69,044.77 on Nov 10, 2021. This price volatility hasn’t affected the network’s ability to increase miners’ difficulty to obtain Bitcoin. As competition among miners continues to grow, Bitcoin’s difficulty reached a new ATH for the second time in two months. The hash rate has also experienced a steady climb of 45% in 6 months after last July’s lows. The Bitcoin network difficulty is determined by the overall…

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Time Studios talks legacy media and the rise of NFTs

Cointelegraph spoke to Keith A. Grossman, President at TIME, about the legacy media company’s recent moves into the Web3 space. According to Grossman, TIME seeks to “modernize the relationship our brand can have with its community.” Some of these moves include creating 1:1 NFTs of their flagship magazine covers, the option for digital subscribers to pay in crypto, and the launch of their TIMEPieces NFT project collaborations. Grossman stated that an important result of all of these initiatives is the “opportunity to tap into the great creativity emerging within the…

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Appetite for Crypto Sector Still Going Strong as Valuations Rise

Cryptocurrency exchange FTX saw its valuation soar to $32 billion in a new funding round announced on January 31, underscoring continued appetite for the sector. The Bahamas-based company raised $400 million in a Series C funding round – its third round in the past nine months for a total of $2 billion in venture capital to date. Of course, this is just one of many financing rounds sending serious cash into the crypto sector. In 2021, funding for blockchain startups increased 8-fold at $25.2 billion and isn’t expected to slow…

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$5 wrench attacks appear to be on the rise in the crypto community

Normally, the only way to access one’s crypto funds is through their private key, which, thanks to advances in cryptography, would take nothing less than an advanced futuristic quantum computer to decipher. That said, mafias and gangs have managed to think outside the box. Instead of wasting their efforts on breaking the underlying cryptography, they’ve turned their attention to targeting crypto owners, themselves. A $5 wrench attack is when someone finds out you have a lot of crypto and physically attacks or threatens you for your private keys. On Wednesday,…

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